Herodotus Histories, DARIUS THE GREAT

Herodotus Histories, DARIUS THE GREAT

Herodotus, , Donald Lateiner, and G C. Macaulay. The Histories. New York: Barnes & Noble Classics, 2004. Print.

Herodotus, , Donald Lateiner, and G C. Macaulay. The Histories. New York: Barnes & Noble Classics, 2004. Print.

The 1592 Edition of Herodotus’ Histories edited and printed by Henry II Estienne in Geneva

The 1592 Edition of Herodotus’ Histories edited and printed by Henry II Estienne in Geneva

Oroetes, the satrap of Sardis, decided he wanted to kill Polycrates, the tyrant of Samos, and he did. And then he had him impaled--not crucified, as he's depicted here. Impalement was an even nastier business than crucifixion, unless you were dead first. Polycrates was lucky in that respect, but there were plenty of people in Herodotus' History who weren't.    Crucifixion of Polycrates. Francesco Fracanzano (attrib. to) | Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Oroetes, the satrap of Sardis, decided he wanted to kill Polycrates, the tyrant of Samos, and he did. And then he had him impaled--not crucified, as he's depicted here. Impalement was an even nastier business than crucifixion, unless you were dead first. Polycrates was lucky in that respect, but there were plenty of people in Herodotus' History who weren't. Crucifixion of Polycrates. Francesco Fracanzano (attrib. to) | Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

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